If you have sensitive teeth, eating ice cream can be more pain than pleasure. Suffering from sensitive teeth is extremely common – it’s estimated that around half of us will suffer from it at some point in our lives. So, if you are tired of wincing with that first scoop of raspberry ripple, what can you do about it? Well the good news is that there are many ways that you can reduce or eliminate sensitive teeth.
Teeth become sensitive when surface enamel wears down, exposing the layer of dentine underneath. Dentine is a bone-like substance that makes up the greatest proportion of a tooth. Without a protective layer of enamel, sensations – whether hot or cold – travel down tiny channels within dentine to the nerves at the centre of the tooth.